I am simultaneously proud of having donated blood and embarrassed at having donated so seldom.
There were hassles in donating blood in Korea but today I saw the nurses had translated questionnaires for English speakers. The translation seemed to be of a previous form and the question numbers didn’t match but the important questions could be matched.
for donating my blood, the nurses offered me a variety of gifts: I chose a 5,000 won (about $5.00 Can) gift certificate to be used for ‘culture-related purchases’ – bookstores.
The donation exhausted me. Well, laying there and letting my blood pour out was fine, but I was a tired and weak teacher for the rest of the day. As a university student, twenty-five years ago, I would donate blood and then train for competitive swimming in the afternoon . Now, I took it easy and had a nap in the teacher’s lounge.
This evening, I took off the bandage and exposed my tender inner-elbow. The yellow is from iodine and I found the sterile precautions were well-done: disposable needles and such were used and discarded safely.
If you want to give blood and can’t find a blood-bus, you could go to the donation centre in Hadan. Photo from Hadan Subway Station.